Bush Walking Transport

Heysen Trail — Wild South Coast WaySouthern Ocean Walk

Why restrict yourself to the limitations of metropolitan taxis and public buses? Start and end your Heysen Trail walk at any of our pickup locations between Cape Jervis and Kuitpo.

We offer two options for Heysen Trail transport:

  • Point to point. You travel to your walk finish location, our minibus meets you there and transfers you to your walk starting location. You then walk back to your finish location at your own pace. We’ve written car parking notes for many locations.
  • Accommodation to point. Our minibus picks you up from your accommodation and transfers you to your walk starting location. At a prearranged time we meet you at your walk finishing location and return you to your accommodation. This is the more expensive option. Our accommodation coverage includes the Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor (and south coast), and McLaren Vale.

Cost of trip varies according to our travel distance. You pay the same price for 1 or 2 or 11 passengers per trip, so walk with friends and share the cost. Your trips with us need to be pre-booked. Contact us to arrange the details including a deposit payment.

Allow 2 hours to drive from Adelaide city (or airport) to any points on the Heysen Trail between Cape Jervis and Victor Harbor; including Deep Creek National Park and Newland Head Conservation Park.

The part of the Heysen Trail we service traverses a variety of public lands, roadways, and private properties; all within the Mount Lofty Ranges fire district. Trail segments that cross private property are officially closed to the public during Fire Danger Season (early November to late April). Segments within National and Conservation Parks will also be closed on Total Fire Ban days, or during feral animal control campaigns. For your own safety we will not transport you onto an officially closed segment of the Heysen Trail. Contact us if you’re unsure about your proposed walking date and location.

The Wild South Coast Way is identical to the Heysen Trail from Cape Jervis to the Kings Beach lookout (near Victor Harbor). At the lookout the Heysen Trail turns inland over Newland Hill to Inman Valley & beyond. The Wild South Coast Way continues another 4km along an easy coastal walking trail into Victor Harbor. The same coastal trail continues through to Goolwa, as a shared path with the Encounter Bikeway.

Wild South Coast Way is open to walkers all year except on days of extreme or catastrophic fire danger, or during feral animal control campaigns. Long intervals of the Wild South Coast Way have no mobile phone coverage, so if you’re walking alone we recommend carrying a satellite phone or a Personal Locator Beacon for emergencies. We also recommend turning off your mobile phone, or selecting its Flight/Airplane Mode, to preserve its battery during your walk. Its camera and GPS will still work in Flight Mode.

Are you part of a Southern Ocean Walk group? We offer discounted transfers between Adelaide (city or airport) and Southern Ocean Walk’s accommodations. Contact us to arrange the details including a deposit payment.

We recommend departing Adelaide on Sunday early afternoon, for transfer to your Sunday night accommodation at one of their Southern Ocean Retreats properties or other nearby accommodation. We’ll do a shopping stop on the way if needed for your Sunday night dinner. On Monday morning we transfer you to Southern Ocean Walk’s homestead accommodation within Deep Creek National Park, in time for your first walk with them. After your last walk on the Thursday we transfer you back to Adelaide city or airport, arriving about 6:30-7pm.

Transferring from Adelaide to Southern Ocean Walk early on Monday morning is NOT recommended. It’s almost 2 hours of driving, at least half of which will be on a single lane rural road congested with Kangaroo Island morning ferry traffic. And then you have a long day of walking still to do.